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  1. I have the app too, but I was really happy to see the shipping notice. The app gives you the basics for using the deck and a little background, but in the books Karen always talks about how the decks were put together: where they found things, why they chose them, that kind of thing. I'm a creative process fiend. I can endlessly watch documentaries about things like how a record album came to be made, even though I don't play anything but the stereo, lol. So I'm really looking forward to this.
  2. Of course not. I wasn't saying that anything is "must have". I was explaining the justification for the pricing. Of course, in the unlikely event that you find a Greenwood Tarot going for 50 cents at a yard sale, I'd suggest snapping it up even if you don't like the Greenwood. But for the most part, get what you like. A lot of the decks with the big markups on ebay started out as cheap, mass produced decks from USG and similar.
  3. We're venturing into the unprovable here, so of course it will never be settled. But there's the theory that rocks can store energy to consider. So if you're walking around a place and feel inexplicably sad (or whatever), that could be the reason. Memory is a function of living things, but your hard drive has it, too. It's not an indication of life, in itself. For the purpose of this discussion, part of what needs to be done is to define "life". So - Rocks are inorganic. But crystals can grow, change, and reproduce (those "babies" you see growing off the sides of them), albeit very slowly. I've never seen a dead rock (as opposed to a living one") though. (I'm not sure how a rock would "die". Break it? You can break a piece of plastic.) So we're at "maybe kinda-sorta alive in some ways, but not others." I suppose I could ask this guy, but he'd just reply with that crypic s**t-eating grin.
  4. My pleasure. And I'm sure that Karen could deliver the line "I'm making costumes for a Victorian-themed tarot deck so I can take pictures and then combine them with cat heads!" (well, actually Baroque-themed) with aplomb. She's probably done it more than a time or two. Not every deck features all those tiny handmade objects, though. But Karen and Alex lived in Prague for years before moving to Ireland, and you can see some strange and wonderful sights in decks like the Tarot of Prague and the Bohemian Gothic. They trekked around and photographed everything. You'll see a bit of the Bone Chapel in the Bohemian Gothic, for instance. Here's Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu's Carmilla posing with a bit of ossuary art: (Come to think of it, they probably DID make that outfit she's wearing.) It's a great deck, full of literary references like this one, as well as references to films like The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari and Nosferatu. And yes, there are some Baba decks made up of pre-existing art, like the Victorian Romantic. For that one, they collected as many books as they could find that contained high quality (and too often ignored) engravings from the late 19th century. And from near-uncountable numbers of images, finding the ones that best expressed the card essences. And there was a lot of editing. Some of the cards are taken from a combination of multiple engravings, but it's seamless - you can't just thumb through the deck and spot them. So the process isn't always the same - but no matter what the process is, there's always a ton of work that has to be done. I'm looking forward to the upcoming decks. I suspect Killarney is as weird and wonderful as Prague. It doesn't have to be linen. I do strongly prefer linen for everyday, workhorse decks. It's got that air cushiony feel, and you can riffle it endlessly. But the "special occasion" decks are generally smooth. The Babas already mentioned (I'm not sure how - or if - cold stamping would work on linen.) Their stock isn't particularly heavy, it's a high quality playing card stock with a carbon core that prevents bending and creasing. The cards are lightly varnished, never plastic-y. Yes, they can be riffled and they stand up to use. But people tend to be more careful with them. Yves uses stiffer, heavier stock. https://www.tarot-de-marseille-heritage.com/english/index.html Both Giordiano Berti and Il Meneghello use old fashioned, uncoated stock. It can't be riffled, but it feels lovely in the hands. And there are others. But the general rule is something along the lines of "if it feels cheap and crappy, it probably is."
  5. Gods help us: "Lynn is initiated as a member of the Sisterhood of the Shields, 44 women who are healers from cultures as diverse as Panama, Guatemala, Australia, Nepal, North America and the Yucatan. Remaining hidden, the Sisterhood has appointed Ms. Andrews as their public messenger." Wow. It REALLY IS hidden! So well hidden, that there is no mention of it anyplace that doesn't also mention Lynn Andrews! But hey - she could always put up photos to make it look more believable. I suggest this collection of FOX news anchor headshots: "
  6. OMG did you see the reviews? People actually bought that thing - for $268. The pattern looks very simple: 1. Steal a curtain or two off of someone's French window 2. Fashion an oversized hood and attach it to the center 3. Set in big wizard sleeves 4. Pair it with a gauzy peasant skirt. 5. Put "festival" and "Burning Man" in your etsy listing That said, though, it doesn't offend on the level that this does: Hopefully, anyone who purchases and wears this in public is in for some "sensitivity training."
  7. Ah, OK. Yes, I've never put up a list of decks and said "pick one". LOL. I get that kind of thing sometimes. I got TONS of those types of requests during the time people were piling on the Lenormand bandwagon. And the thing is that the people requesting readings were, for the most part, perfectly competent readers, not newcomers. They were just researching, seeing what I had to offer. LOL. I had someone ask if I could read cards when it's raining, Apparently they'd been told that it can't be done. If one is to fall into such beliefs, I'm sure that laying on the couch with a drink is MUCH nicer than waiting for the rain to stop!
  8. It was for everyone here. I wouldn't have a problem saying "Raggydoll! Noooooo!" This stuff is a huge problem in the community, and we all get sucked in at one time or another. Here are some decks - some of these are loved and respected, but...http://www.lelandra.com/comptarot/tarotindian.htm Back in the day, I devoured Castenada's books thinking they were authentic. I still think they're good books - as fiction. They're amazingly good fiction. I just wish I hadn't been misled on that account. And that is EXACTLY the problem - things aren't presented honestly. While indigenous people are treated badly on a global scale, I don't really know how it works in Sweden. I'm pretty clueless. But here in the US, the situation has been hideous for the last 500+ years, And the Natives are justifiably p*ssed. If a person has lived their life just down the road from the mass grave at Wounded Knee, if they're dealing with the hopelessness, grinding poverty and alcoholism at Pine Ridge, if they were taught about the killing of Crazy Horse, if they know full well that Leonard Peltier will die in prison for a crime that the US government knows he did not commit, I can't dismiss their objections to - and contempt for - some white guy making a buck off of "Native American spirituality." (Sorry for the political stuff, but it's important here.) All I am saying is that the credentials of any author writing on the subject should be thoroughly checked. I am by no means saying to avoid Native writing, only to make sure that the person claiming to be Native is actually a Native and has a valid link to the culture. Because here, we have a lot of fake Indians, It's Big Business. This man was my facebook friend and in many ways, my polestar. There is so much to unpack in the things he said that it would take many more years than I have left. https://www.johntrudell.com/ And yes - America 'happened" to him, too: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Trudell That's the way to approach it. Eyes open. It often takes a bit of a jaundiced eye. *nods nods*
  9. That's really...irregular. And I'm NOT saying you're making it up (the rustic cackle of my burgh is not the murmur of the world, obviously), but I've been reading for other people since Al Green and Humble Pie were charting, and I've never had a client request a specific deck. Maybe in a very broad sense, like "a Lenormand reading" (no particular deck) but never "I would like a 30 minute Tarot reading using the Twerking Cats (or whatever) Tarot. Oh, you don't have it? Order it. I'll wait." Who are you reading for???
  10. It really is. Quickly, a little OT: Has anyone seen this? Incredible stuff: https://www.newyorker.com/recommends/watch/to-walk-invisible
  11. I'd advise anyone doing this to be very careful about choosing authors - there's a disturbingly massive flood of this kind of stuff: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plastic_shaman I just want to clarify that I wasn't referring to any kind of subtle or abstract consciousness that may permeate natural objects when I said "alive". I meant physically alive, like people, animals, and plants. Things that can be horribly injured or die if you drive over them (unlike gravel.) gregory's right. There's semantics at play. We need better words!
  12. It sounds as if you want more decks. And there's nothing wrong with that, as long as you recognize it and call it what it is. We were just talking about something similar in this thread: @Flaxen brought up the way it was when a lot of us started: "I’m glad I discovered tarot at a time when most people just ended up with whatever deck the local shop sold. For years I only had two decks and it helped me hone my reading skills without the distraction of the ‘next big thing’. It meant having to work through all the tricky phases when learning a new skill instead of thinking that the next deck would be ‘the one’." And where I lived, there wasn't even a local shop. I stumbled on an ad for the Mystic Arts Book Club that sent you a University Books RWS if you joined. It was the only deck available to me in the beginning, so it's a good thing I liked it! There were other decks being sold *somewhere* out there (the Albano and the IJJ Swiss come to mind) but I never saw them or knew that they existed prior to seeing them on the internet. So in the beginning it was just me, that RWS, a LWB excerpted from the PKT, and a copy of Eden Gray's Mastering The Tarot. And I'm not trying to run that old "Back in my day we walked 40 miles to school barefoot in the snow and it was uphill both ways", lol. There is a reason for mentioning how it was then: Any Tarot obsession I had was channeled into those two things. And so I learned to read cards. Not well (for a good while, I was under the impression that the Celtic Cross was mandatory, lol), I hadn't yet learned to combine cards, and I had very little life experience at that age. But it was a solid foundation. I learned the basics. If I'd only had that one deck my whole life, would my reading ability have suffered? Yes. But not from lacking RWS type theme decks. Rather, the things that would have really held me back had I missed them are Lenormand (and, by extension, Kippers, Sibilla, etc. This is where I finally really learned to read combined meanings) and Thoth, if only because it opened up the things Waite was hiding. (There is a famous legend that Robert Johnson went to the crossroads and sold his soul in exchange for the ability to play guitar well. It never happened (and his song "Crossroads" is actually about hitchhiking), but the fact is that he wasn't very good, he dropped out of sight for awhile, and when he came back, he was great. "Crossroads" as a metaphor for something that makes all your prior study click into place is a great metaphor. I definitely think of Lenormand and Thoth as "crossroads decks".) I do have a number of RWS-inspired decks, but I got them because I liked them. IOW, they were wants, not needs. The core meanings are the same. (And if you have a good grasp of core meanings, you can read virtually any deck of this type.) The different images can offer a fresh perspective, and I enjoy reading the creators' commentary about why they chose a particular image and their reason for using it. But we don't need them. Like Ariadne's thread, there is very little that we actually need. Some of the best readers make do with a battered deck of playing cards!
  13. OMG, it was memries? I didn't know. Horrible, pointless, and infuriating.
  14. Occasionally treating yourself to something you like is fine. As long as people are conscious of that and don't think that they need it in order to do this or that, I don't see an issue. We should all think about why we want to purchase an object, and be honest with ourselves. There's a big difference between a want and a need. Amen to that. I'm sure that there are people out there who think that you need crystals all over the table to read cards. But nobody did that before the internet. There's a general tendency to problem-solve these days by thinking "What can I buy for this?" first. We've been bombarded with advertising all our lives and conditioned to do that, and it limits us a lot. Often there's something you can do, or make from what you have available already. "Necessity is the mother of invention", as they say. Yes! Decks and books were scarce, so we studied what we had. Any obsession we had was channeled into that. I don't envy the people who are just starting out. It's too easy to get caught in the trap of Looking For Mr. Gooddeck. Always. You can find a lot of articles that say things are "scientifically proven." Most of them are clickbait. You have to fact check these things: Is it peer reviewed? Are there other articles debunking it? What studies were done, and who funded them? If I had a sick child and I tried to cure him with frankincense, coconut oil, apple cider vinegar, or prayer instead of seeking legitimate treatment and that child died, I would be held responsible. And rightfully so. I have a real issue with the term "alternative medicine", because in most cases, it's NOT a viable alternative. I think calling it "complementary treatment" would be a much better term. By all means, burn frankincense if you're already under a doctor's care. Just don't do it INSTEAD OF seeking treatment.
  15. If crystals and other mineral structures are alive, people really need to stop carving them. They need to stop driving on gravel, too.
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